Understanding sustainable biofuel development: A sub-Saharan Africa perspective

Ian Duvenage, Lindsay C. Stringer, Craig Ashley Langston, Keitha Dunstan

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Considerable effort has been put into developing sustainability assessment frameworks for biofuel production in developing countries. Nevertheless, their successful implementation remains problematic in sub-Saharan Africa. To address this challenge in this paper, through a thorough examination of academic and grey literature, repeatedly occurring sustainability aspects/issues were drawn from internationally recognised biofuel assessment
frameworks. Theoretical framings that corresponded with the interlinking
socio-environmental-economic qualities and issues for achieving sustainability
through ethical implementation conformity (political ecology, development
economics, social capital and institutional economics) were then used to inform
development of a conceptual framework that could guide biofuel project
implementation in sub-Saharan Africa to address complex sustainability issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-98
Number of pages27
JournalAfrican Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • Student Theses

    The Implementation and Achievement of Biofuel Sustainability Principles in Sub‐Saharan Africa: recognising limitations and opportunities

    Author: Duvenage, I., 15 May 2013

    Supervisor: Langston, C. A. (Supervisor), Dunstan, K. (Supervisor) & Taplin, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


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